[talks] Colloquium Speaker Cynthia Dwork, Thurs Feb 19, 12:30pm

Nicole E. Wagenblast nwagenbl at CS.Princeton.EDU
Wed Feb 18 10:00:00 EST 2015

Colloquium Speaker 
Cynthia Dwork, Microsoft Research 
Thursday, February 19, 12:30pm 
Computer Science 105 

Privacy in the Land of Plenty 

Privacy-preserving data analysis has a large literature that spans several disciplines. "Differential privacy" -- a notion tailored to situations in which data are plentiful -- has provided a theoretically sound and powerful framework, and given rise to an explosion of research. We will review the definition of differential privacy, describe some algorithmic contributions, and conclude with a surprising application. 

Cynthia Dwork, Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research, is renowned for placing privacy-preserving data analysis on a mathematically rigorous foundation. A cornerstone of this work is differential privacy, a strong privacy guarantee frequently permitting highly accurate data analysis. Dr. Dwork has also made seminal contributions in cryptography and distributed computing, and is a recipient of the Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize, recognizing some of her earliest work establishing the pillars on which every fault-tolerant system has been built for decades. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 
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